Julia White


Ms. White began the Young Artists Music Studio (formerly Shenandoah Kindermusik) in 1989 in Staunton and Harrisonburg and has taught infants through age seven for 28 years. She is the originator of the young children's music program at Eastern Mennonite University (1991-1996).


  • Bachelor of Music: DePauw University, Greencastle, IN

  • Master of Music: Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ

  • Certified and licensed in Kindermusik and Musikgarten

  • Level I and II certification in Kodaly

  • Long-term study abroad in Vienna, Austria, and London, England

  • Co-director of the JMU Scotland Study abroad (five terms) and JMU London semester abroad (two terms)


  • Member of the American Choral Directors Association

  • Member of American Guild of Organists (AGO)

  • Member of Early Childhood Music and Movement Association (ECMMA)

Community Involvement

  • Preschool music workshops and other programs in the community including:

    • Creator: "Father Bach Meets Kids" pipe organ program

    • Creator: Week of the Young Child Festival music class

    • Teacher: Rockingham Memorial Hospital's Child Care Connection Classes

    • Teacher Trainer: Development of Preschool Music Curriculum for preschool teachers through EMU Early Learning Center

Honors & Awards

  • Governor's School Award Recipient in Richmond in 1998 and 2000

  • Received the Distinguished Artist-in-Residence title at Eastern Mennonite University in 2003

  • Children's Honor Choir Director for the American Choral Directors Association Western Division in Anaheim, CA ('08)

  • Director of the National Children's Choir for the Organization of Kodaly Educators in Denver, Colorado ('08)

  • Honors choir Director in Wisconson, Connecticut, West Virginia, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia

Virginia Girlchoir
 Director and founder 2014-16
Ms. White, along with Marie Masincup, founded the non-profit Virginia Girlchoir in Fishersville, VA to provide a place for local girls to receive advanced music education & performance. In two years the Girlchoir served nearly sixty girls and performed at National Presbyterian Church, Washington DC, Trinity Episcopal Church, Staunton, and First Presbyterian Church, Waynesboro. Invitations included festivals at Carnegie Hall, NYC, and the pre-Olympic games in Japan in 2017.

Shenandoah Valley Children's Choir
Artistic Director and founder:
Ms. White celebrated her twentieth year as founder and Artistic Director of the Shenandoah Valley Children's Choir (SVCC) of Harrisonburg, Virginia, in 2012. Under her direction, the SVCC included nearly 225 children ages 6-17 in three auditioned choirs and two young children’s classes. Under her direction, the choir performed at the following Invitationals:

  • The American Choral Directors Association Southern Division conferences ('00, '02, '06, '12)

  • The Virginia Music Educators Association conferences ('96, '98, '04, '08)

  • Organization of American Kodaly Educators National Conference ('01 as headline choir, '09)

  • The White House ('99 and '11)

  • Pageant of Peace National Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington D.C. with Placido Domingo and the National Coast Guard Band ('97)

  • Tuscany International Children's Choir Festival ('01) in Italy

  • Carnegie Hall Children's Choir Festival ('98, '07, '12)

  • Pacific Rim Children's Chorus Festival ('05, '09) in Hawaii

  • Performance for the Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence Awards Ceremony at James Madison University for Archbishop Desmond Tutu ('07)

Additional choir performances:

  • For former President Jimmy Carter ('09) at JMU for Gandhi Awards

  • With The Washington Symphonic Brass Quintet ('03, '06, '09, '11)

  • With the James Madison University Percussion Ensemble ('11) and JMU

  • With American Boychoir (6 times, 1994 -2010)